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Types of Campus Resting Faces

Cabot Science Library
We’ve all heard of RBF, but on the walk to class you’ve no doubt passed ROTGF (Resting On The Grind Face), RSF (Resting Scooter Face), and RWWISF (Resting Wait, Where is Sever? Face). Harvard is a small school, but sometimes all the faces that pass blur together. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most common resting faces on campus.

Resting Networking Face

Their smile looks like a pose for a LinkedIn headshot. They look put together, ready for anything, and also like somebody who is about to drop some hot financial advice. They still shake your hand even though you’ve been roommates for two years, and their wall decor is a picture from their summer internship — signed by their boss, of course. Networking never sleeps, and you’re pretty sure that even when this person is resting they’re actually just practicing for their upcoming consulting interview.

Resting Can You Help Me With My Pset? Face

This “friend” only wants you for your brain and/or knowledge gleaned from actually going to office hours. Most commonly found in Cabot Library after 10 p.m. or at the start of your massive lecture class, they’ll hop from victim to victim until somebody helps them debug their code. They look harmless, smiley even, but don’t be fooled: They’re desperate and will do anything to complete this pset.

Resting Social Face

They’re ready at any moment to flash a smile and ask you what you’re up to this weekend. And even though you’re not likely to see them any time before noon, they’re always down for a 2 a.m. run to Felipes or to actually go out to the Quad with you. You’ve never seen them study with less than five people, and they’re the number one most likely to sleep through their 9 a.m. class.

Resting Thesising Face

Also known as Resting Senioritis Face, these students have been around the block. You think your paper is long? They have to write 50 pages more than you. Though not unkind, they’re likely to have a dead look in their eyes. But come springtime you’ll see them on Widener steps, and their RTF will be replaced with a RIOHF (Resting I’m Out of Here Face).

RF

They’re just resting. Literally taking a nap. It doesn't matter whether it’s a 5-person section or 500-person lecture — they’re curled up in their seat with chin in hand. Hopefully they don’t snore, but even if they do, we’d all kind of like to be them.

Turns out we’ve all probably seen a RNF at a job fair or a RSF in the Mather JCR. Maybe take a peek in the mirror and see what kind of resting face you have. But regardless of what type of RF you are, at least you’re not alone.

The Real Reasons to Call it Spooky Season

Widener Autumn
We’re in the middle of #spookyseason, and whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit the phrase captures the fall vibes pretty well, for more reasons than just Halloween. Just to spice things up a little, here’s a bunch of things definitely scarier and spookier than Halloween itself.

Midterm Season

Papers and projects and exams, oh my! Enough said.

Not Knowing How to Dress for the Weather

It’s cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon and also seems to rain randomly in the middle? We need help.

Cuffing Season

The most terrifying for the commitment-phobes inside us all. The only boo we want this season is the one on the Halloween decorations.

Concentration Declaration

For all the sophomores — and some very confused juniors — picking your concentration is a frightening step. Even more scary: realizing how many concentration requirements you still have left.

Recruitment Season

Applications, interviews, and some inevitable rejection letters are continuing to roll in this spooky season. With many Harvard students completely unprepared to handle failure, it’s scarier than the typical ghost story.

No End in Sight

The crushing realization that Thanksgiving Break is still over a month away is hitting us. With the long weekend — that was sadly not long enough — behind us, we’re really going to have to hold out to keep up hope.

If you thought spooky season wasn’t scary before, these nightmares before Christmas should be more than enough to keep you up at night.

Types of People You'll Find at a Harvard Football Game

Full to the Brim
Harvard is no state school when it comes to sports, but a Harvard football game is still a classic experience: fans roll in, lights come on, and, hopefully, the Crimson crush their opponents. Though not everyone makes these games a regular part of their weekend, it’s worth checking out a game before Harvard-Yale. With football season in full swing, here are some people in the bleachers you’ll definitely run into:

The Superfan

They’re ready before the game even begins. Dressed head to toe in Harvard merch — with a foam hand sign, warpaint, and all — these die-hard fans are walking Coop ads who know that to win, it’s either go big or go home. With stronger lungs than that tuba player marching on the field below, you’ll hear them cheering, whether you like it or not.

The Confused One

Football isn’t that hard to understand. It’s running into each other until the whistle blows, right? Not everyone walks out to the game knowing the rules, but you’ve got to admire this game-goer’s confidence. We don't know why they came, but they’re here. They need help understanding the yard lines, the scoring, and everything in between. You might even hear them cheering for the wrong team. But hey, it’s the thought that counts.

The Social Networker

Cute outfit? Check. Hand on hip, head slightly tilted, and a big smile, this person came to the game and their Instagram followers are going to hear about it. They’ve got more friends than you can count, and heck, they even know kids from the other team. If they’re in your way, you’ll just have to deal with it. There’s no rule against being too friendly, and they’re just here for a good time.

The Bored Buddy

If you ask this person what the best part of a game is, they’ll tell you it’s the pretzels. They’re begging to leave before it even it starts, and we know they’re only in the bleachers because a couple of friends dragged them along. They complain about how boring the game is, but you can’t really blame the game when they’re in the bathroom — for the 6th time — when Harvard finally scores.

The Hardcore Analyst

To some people, football isn’t just a game: it’s scientific research. They know the stats, they know the players, and they know all the plays. You’ll get the minute-by-minute commentary whether you asked for it or not. They’re low-key flexing on you. But you just let ‘em.


If you and your friends have already made it to a game this season, we hope you had a great time. If you missed it, no worries — there’s plenty more to come this fall. Don’t forget to check out the athletic calendar for ticket pre-sales, and GO CRIMSON!

Overheard at the Math 21b Midterm

Midterms
The Math 21 series holds a special place in many STEM students’ hearts, and there is no better opportunity than a Math 21b midterm to spread mass fear. Despite the wide variety of students for whom this class is a requirement, no one seems to enter that room calm and collected. This midterm season, we bring you the pre-exam panic of the latest Math 21b midterm.

“I can’t sit in the back because I don’t want to look at other people.”

Haven’t we all been here? Feeling clueless about a problem only to look up and see scores of students furiously scribbling down the answers? Plus, nothing sends a jolt up your spine more than accidentally catching a glimpse of an answer that has 10 more digits than yours does.

“Does anyone have an extra eraser? I make too many mistakes so mine got small and I lost it.”

Angrily crossing out answers is not a solution to your woes when space is limited and you’re writing in pencil. When there’s linear algebra to review, who really stops to think small concerns like whether one has the requisite writing instruments? If only we had erasers to erase our memories of those terrible two hours.

“Oh no! I forgot my watch!” “Dude, there’s a giant clock at the front.”

In the era of smartphones, who even realizes they’re not wearing a watch until they’re in a situation where they can’t sneakily pop it out for fear of the Ad Board? At least this way you won’t panic about running out of time on the test since you set your watch ten minutes earlier to avoid being late to class.

“After this, I have to go to STAT 110 office hours.”

Ah, the ever over-achieving Harvard student who can’t get off the academic treadmill to breathe. The grind truly never stops. We feel almost as sorry for you as the student who declared, “I have a Physics midterm in 16 hours.”

While all midterms come to an end eventually, midterm memories (and quotes overheard at midterms) last much longer. At least you can eventually look back and be glad that it’s over.

Burst the Bubble: Oct. 11 - Oct. 14

SoWa Open Market
The SoWa Open Market is so cool!
Welcome to the midpoint of the semester! Your motivation is dropping faster than the temperature, you contracted a cold just in time for your third midterm of the week, and the rainy weather is starting to irk you as much as that one section kid. As you lament the amount of Boardplus you’ve managed to spend on caffeine recently, you receive a message from your favorite pset buddy: “It’s a three-day weekend baby!” An opportunity to procrastinate, relax, explore Boston, and procrastinate some more? Count us in! Check out what Boston has to offer this weekend.

Friday:

MIT Energy Night @ the MIT Museum

Nothing better to burst the Harvard bubble than to head next door to MIT, right? This will be the 13th annual MIT Energy Night, a free public event at the MIT Museum that will include more than 50 interactive presentations on the latest innovation in energy. Though the event takes place from 7-9:30 p.m., plan on arriving early for food and conversation! Heck, bring your pset buddy along, explore the MIT Museum, and engage with industry leaders — all without crossing the river. What a productively unrelated-to-Harvard Friday night.

Saturday:

New England Chocolate Festival @ Boston Center for the Arts

You’ve had enough of the chocolate bars in Lamont, and now it’s time for some of the really good stuff. Head over to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts for Saturday’s “Chocolate Pavillion,” which will feature more than 40 chocolatiers selling (and giving out samples of) their quality chocolates between 10 a.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Life is like a box of chocolates, so reserve a ticket on the website and make this weekend one to remember!

Sunday:

SoWa Open Market

Ah, yes, the classic South of Washington Open Market. This Boston favorite celebrates local art, music, and food every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the SoWa art and design district in South End. With its family-friendly vibes and emphasis on the makers of Boston, SoWa Open Market has you covered. Whether you’re in an art gallery mood or sick of the sound of your alarm being the only music stuck in your head, this event is for you!

Monday:

Day of Free Admission @ Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art will make sure this special day off doesn’t go to waste by offering a day of free admission! Open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the ICA will be featuring a short film program for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, artmaking in the Art Lab, and tickets for Japanese contemporary art icon Yayoi Kusama’s largest Infinity Mirror Room, “Love is Calling.” Not sure what an infinity mirror room is? Head to the ICA on Monday to find out.

We all deserve a break here and there, and these next few days are the perfect opportunity. Your pset buddy said it best … It’s a three-day weekend baby!

Walking From the Quad: Fastest Route to the Yard Edition

SOCH
Whether you’re a new Quadling or a hardened shuttle veteran, there comes a time when every Quad resident has to decide whether or not to walk to class. Your friend tells you that not only is the walk refreshing and a wonderful time of solitude and reflection, it encourages her to wake up early! You don’t believe her, but you think you should try it out — maybe.

I am that friend. I have walked to my classes in flash flood thunderstorms, blizzards, and sweltering heat, even in uncomfortable shoes. As a self-proclaimed expert in walking from the Quad, let me explain how I do what I do.

Let’s lay out the specifics first. Here is a step-by-step guide on the fastest way to walk to the Yard (entry point: Johnson Gate) from the Quad (exit point: in front of the Student Organization Center at Hilles), during daylight hours. I can only guarantee it is the fastest route for that distance. (You can also follow this route and cut through the Yard to the Harvard Art Museums and the Barker Center.)

Step 1: Walk to the SOCH

Or, more specifically, walk to the corner of Shepard Street and Garden Street. Personally, I would not recommend going down Mass. Ave. to the Yard.

Step 2: Go Down Garden Street and into Cambridge Common

This part is crucial. Do not cross the road. The fastest Garden St. light is a hidden gem that you can and should use in your daily walk.

Step 3: Enjoy the Common!

This too is crucial. It’s a park! Take in the trees! But please walk in a straight line if you’re listening to music, or a cyclist might take you out.

Step 4: Cross Garden Street at the Intersection with Appian Way

The light is right past the Radcliffe Yard and is the key to this whole route. You’re not just walking through Cambridge Common because it’s green and nice. You’re not even walking to the Yard. You’re actually walking to this light because it’s the best light in all of Cambridge. Press the button to cross (bear with me) and watch it change in literally five seconds. Revel in your power. Cross the street.

Step 5: Cross Mass. Ave via General MacArthur Square

That’s the little island with the public restroom booth. This crossing too is pretty legit, even if the first half can be tedious — the light at the second Mass. Ave lane doesn’t change for around 15 seconds after the cross signal goes red, so you can safely get to the other side even if you catch the tail end of the walk symbol.

Step 6: Enter Johnston Gate! You made it!

Except don’t enter the big gate, because of the whole you-won’t-graduate superstition. Take no chances. Now, cut through the Yard, and get to your classroom feeling energized and counting those steps.

Note: This route is not necessarily reversible, and I especially would not recommend it at nighttime because there are no blue emergency lights along the way. If you’re traveling at night, check out our after dark route.

Quiz: Which Harvard Library Are You?

Widener Library
Deep down we all want to be Widener, but some of us are Lamonts, and that’s just a fact that we have to live with. Get back into study mode this semester with this Harvard Library Quiz!

1) What is your favorite book genre?

A) Young Adult

B) Non-Fiction

C) Self-Help

D) Fantasy or Science Fiction

E) Historical Fiction

2) What is your study strategy?

A) Listen to music

B) Hide in the stacks and grind

C) Procrastination until the very last possible moment

D) Hide in your room

E) Plan and stick religiously to a Gcal

3) What do you do if you have 10 minutes of free time?

A) Ten-minute naps

B) Put the math pset aside to learn that Spanish vocabulary

C) Check your Facebook or preferred social media site

D) Go for a walk along the Charles

E) Step back and evaluate your productivity

4) Which of these spots on campus do you frequent the most?

A) Barker Center

B) Memorial Church

C) Science Center

D) Athletic Complex

E) Hemenway Gym

5) What is your favorite TV show?

A) “Jane the Virgin”

B) “Supernatural”

C) “Breaking Bad”

D) “The Office”

E) “Suits”

6) What is your ideal bookshelf height while studying?

A) Ones you can hide behind so your friends can't see you

B) Just high enough that you will not see anyone getting down and dirty

C) What bookshelves?

D) Large stacks of books will suffice

E) The higher they are, the smarter I am

Results:

Mostly As: You are Lamont Library! You are a social studier, who doesn’t like to be alone while completing that pset or churning out that essay. Misery loves company, and at Lamont, you can rest assured that there are numerous acquaintances with whom you can share your pain.

Mostly Bs: You are Widener Library: serious, intense and with 10 layers to your deep personality. You mean business in whatever you do — be it preparing for that math midterm or cranking out job applications in the safety of the stacks. And silence, of course, is golden.

Mostly Cs: You are Cabot Science Library! Whether you are a team worker, are allergic to bookshelves, or like 1000-piece puzzles, this spot epitomizes your commitment to finishing your work … Two hours over the time you had slotted out for it.

Mostly Ds: You are the Harvard Business School Baker Library! You like to try out new things, explore different places, and no one ever quite knows where you are. Maybe you will make some graduate student friends who can give you life advice!

Mostly Es: You are the Law School Library! You are ambitious, a planner to the tee, and have high hopes for the future.

How to Wear Your Harvard Dorm Room Key

Prefrosh in Berg
We all know that not knowing where to keep your key is a big deal for most freshmen — and even for some upperclassmen still struggling with finding the “key” spot for their key — so we thought we would share some tips on where you should put yours.

The Classic “Around the Neck” Approach

Arriving on Harvard’s campus on the first day of college was filled with lots of excitement, free swag, and the infamous crimson Harvard lanyard. We were told by our parents that wearing our keys on this lanyard makes us look like someone who can’t keep track of things, but, so be it. Wearing a key on this high-quality crimson lanyard is easy. It’s difficult to lose something when it’s constantly hanging around your neck, and the noise of the key as it swings back and forth on the chain is a constant reminder that at the end of the day, this noisy key will be used in the process of (finally) heading back to bed.

The Easy Access, Sophisticated, Noise-Free Approach

In contrast to the “Around the Neck” approach, this way of wearing your key requires skill and coordination, but considering its benefits, the effort is well worth it. Just take a hair tie and maneuver the ring of your key onto the end. Then, wrap the hair-tie around your key twice so that the key is no longer hanging but is instead, pressed against your wrist. As you walk around campus wearing your key in this fashion, you will not only look sophisticated, but will also show your mastering of key couture. (Warning: You might have the imprint of a key on your wrist throughout the semester).

The “I’m Too Cool to Wear My Key” Approach

This approach to wearing (or not wearing) your key is possibly a newer approach to key fashion. With the advent of phone wallets, it’s as easy as ever to slide your key right into the back of your phone. Just make sure that your key doesn’t fall out of your phone wallet — because getting a new key is most definitely not free.

The, “Let’s Hope No One Finds My Key Under My Doormat” Approach

For those who are the laid back type and don’t mind coming back to their dorms finding their doors unlocked with the key innocently lying on the floor, the doormat approach is the one for you. Still, don’t fret the next time your door is open and you immediately assume that someone broke into your dorm — it may just be your roommate. As should be derived from the name of this approach, this way of storing your key requires a simple doormat — but feel free to buy a super trendy one, since it’ll end up in front of your room.

And Last, but Most Definitely Not Least, the “Keychain” Approach

These students who follow this approach prefer not to wear their keys at all, and rather enjoy the keychain way of life. Though it’s curious why these students choose to not wear their keys, it is also quite commendable. At the end of the day, why do students feel the need to wear their keys at all? Do your parents wear their keys when they go to work? Have you ever seen anyone wear their house key outside of Harvard? If you find yourself adulting throughout your time out here, kudos to you.

How to Study for Back-to-Back Exams

Study Materials
Pretty! Study! Materials!
Mentally cursing yourself out because you didn’t check your class’s midterm schedule? Looking at your Google Calendar and freezing with anxiety?

We’ve all been in that place where we have back-to-back (or back-to-back-to-back) exams, but these next few weeks don’t have to be filled with soul-crushing sobbing in Lamont. Here are some tips for studying when you have a totally packed midterm schedule.

Start Early

Yes, we consistently plan to do things much earlier than we actually do. But for every time you’ve pulled an all nighter grinding out that pset due at 9 a.m., this is the one time when studying in advance matters. Plan out your week and block out time for each subject so you’ll be ready when exams roll around.

Procrastinate with Other Subjects

Tired of your calculator screen? Turn your attention to some supply and demand graphs instead! By avoiding organic benzene structures with other materials, you’ll keep yourself engaged — and keep the grind going.

Ditch Cabot, or Anywhere You’re Likely to See Your Friends.

Everyone knows that Cabot Science Center Library at night is more busy than any final club party on the weekend, and that’s even more true during midterm season. You’ll plan on grinding out three chapters of Statistics 111: “Introduction to Statistical Inference,” but will end up chatting with the cute kid in your 9 a.m. instead. The Smith Campus Center is usually pretty quiet, but if you need real privacy, the Widener stacks are great!

Sleep!

For those of you who force yourself to study until the sun rises over the Charles: Stop lying to yourselves. No information has entered your brain since you left to grab El Jefe’s. Your brain makes memories as you sleep, so all-nighters do more harm than good by hurting your recall skills during an exam. Make sure to grab at least seven hours of sleep the night before your exam for maximum retention.

Actively Study

Although rereading the textbook four times may seem more appealing than redoing your psets, passive studying never really helps. To really master concepts, we suggest making a study guide for yourself, quizzing yourself with practice problems, or explaining it to a friend.

Get Some Pretty Study Materials.

If you’re like us, Zebra Mildliners and Muji pens keep you going through a tough time — nice stationary gives us the illusion of productivity. With fun colored pens and highlighters, you’ll be more excited to beautify your notes and somehow learn in the process.

While a lot of these tips may be tough to absorb, choosing just one and sticking with it will relieve stress in the coming weeks. And if not, Harvard’s grade inflation will hopefully save the day — and your grade.

Burst the Bubble: 10/4-10/6

SoWa Open Market
We’ve been on campus for just over a month now, and cabin fever is starting to kick in. Whether you’ve been coasting in pre-midterm paradise, getting smacked down by a rough test, or just want somewhere fun to take your friends after Harvard v. Howard this weekend, we’ve got you covered!

Friday:

SoWa First Friday @ 450 Harrison Ave

Looking for an art museum date that isn’t on campus? Check out SoWa’s First Friday! The artist collective opens its doors to the public for free every first Friday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., boasting more than 80 artist exhibitions. To get there, take the Red Line toward Braintree or Ashmont until you reach the Broadway stop. From there, walk westbound on Traveler Street and take a left on Harrison Avenue and you’re there! You’ll pass a graffiti art project on the highway underpass on the way, so be sure to stop and take some artsy pics. Chinatown is also a quick walk away, if you’re feeling like a post-gallery ramen or boba run!

Saturday:

Food Truck Festival @ Rose Kennedy Greenway

If you’re looking to end your week with a nonstop stream of food trucks and an open market at a park that traverses downtown Boston, look no further. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Rose Kennedy Greenway is having a food truck festival! It’s also conveniently situated between Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, and Seaport, so make sure to check off a few touristy items from your bucket list while you’re there (like the Glossier pop-up shop — Saturday is the last day)! The Greenway is a bit of a hike from campus, but trust us, it’s worth it. Hop on the Red Line from the Square headed toward Braintree or Ashmont, and take the train until you get to South Station. From there, it’s a short walk up Atlantic Avenue until you run into the Greenway!

Sunday:

Somerville Flea @ Davis Square

Don’t have enough time to stray too far from campus? Check out the Somerville Flea Market at the highly underrated Davis Square this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Just about a mile from the Quad (or two T stops from Harvard Square), it’s the best low-commitment way to get off campus. It’s the perfect stop for some unique dorm decor or simply some relaxing people watching. While you’re there, swing by Davis Square’s thrift stores to update your winter wardrobe in an environmentally and wallet-friendly way, or grab a meal at Rosebud’s and enjoy the classic diner aesthetic!

With all of these great events, we implore you to get off campus for a minute and remember what life outside of Harvard is like! Go forth and burst that Harvard bubble!

Harvard Things to Buy Instead of the New iPhone

Harvard Shop Shirts
Another year, another iPhone. Here at Harvard, we’re used to things being on the pricey side. Merch, nearby restaurants, that thing called tuition... Luckily, we’re all about that glass-half-full-of-dollar-bills-type of thinking, so we’ve compiled some Harvard things you can buy instead of the latest iPhone. Maybe we don’t have it so bad after all.

50 Classic H Hats ($19.99 each)

Starting with a Harvard necessity, this is the perfect gift for all fifty of your closest family members! Oh what fun it is to spend your money on the people you love rather than on the latest and greatest technology. Now, you (plus your parents, cousins, and grandmother’s dog) can flex that Harvard pride, which, let’s be honest, is basically as big a flex as buying the iPhone 11.

100 pairs of Harvard Infant Bootie Socks ($9.98 each)

Winter is coming, and we all know what that means. Even infants need warmth in the freezing weather, and the Coop’s got them covered. Or maybe you’d like to invest in a pair of non-infant-sized socks for yourself for the same price. But wait, what if you lose a sock in the wash? Just buy another pair! Heck, throw them out after one wear! How about buying a bunch more for friends and family to share! Rhyming is fun — don’t buy that phone, don’t you dare!

1.3 Original Harvard Chairs ($784.98 each)

Remember those fancy wooden chairs you saw that one time you went to that talk in Sanders Theatre? Turns out you can get one for yourself, for just a little under the price of a new iPhone! Room decor for years to come? Check. A unique souvenir from your time here? Check. The comfiest chair you’ve ever sat in? Eh, the Harvard flex makes up for it.

0.3 of one Harvard University Men’s TAG Heuer Watch ($3495 each)

Yes, you read that right. The Harvard Shop offers all kinds of accessories, from bags and keychains to luxury jewelry and this premium watch. At this point, perhaps the new iPhone may be the way to go. After all, if this watch doesn’t give you access to your Google Calendar, PDF scanner, and Tinder profile, is there even a point?

166 Felipe’s burritos ($6 each)

Okay, we know Felipe’s burritos don’t *technically* belong to Harvard, per se, but we had to include the one item that has somehow managed to monopolize our monthly bank statements. We’d give up pretty much anything for this delicious 3 a.m. snack, and the iPhone 11 is no exception.

While new tech is always shiny and fun, we hope we’ve succeeded in convincing you to ditch that new iPhone for, well, just about anything else. Who knew that math could be so useful?

Open Letter to Freshmen Asking Where the Igloo Is

Pforzheimer Pfoho House Flyby Image
Dear Overly Excited Freshmen Who Are Out to Party,

First of all, the “Iceberg” actually does not exist; it is in fact the Igloo that you are looking for. We were all in your place not too long ago, so we get the struggle — Quad Houses can be confusing to navigate, especially the Pfoho basement. So if you approach an upperclassmen working on a pset in the dhall or walking around in their pajamas, they’ll (hopefully) try to give you the clearest directions possible, or may even walk you over to the Igloo (or Belltower, or Aquarium, or Treehouse, or wherever else you are trying to find).

A word of advice: please don’t bash the Quad as you’re walking through the halls of Pfoho, Cabot, or Currier, especially if you’re counting on the kindness of upperclassmen to help you navigate. This is our home, a place that we love and hope that you do too! It may come as a shock, but keep in mind that there are residents of the houses who actually hope to get some work done on a Friday night. Especially — and I cannot stress this enough — do not run past the libraries screaming that whoever is doing work on a weekend night is a loser, because you sound like a middle schooler. No joke. I have three midterms and a presentation next week. I don’t want to be in the library either, trust me.

However, we do want you to have a fun night! Belt out the lyrics of “Mr. Brightside” to your heart's content (just not in the halls). Jump from party to party to explore all of the spaces that the Quad has to offer! All we ask is that you be respectful to the residents around you — trying to do laundry on a Sunday morning only to find puke in the washing machine is not a pleasant way to start your day.

If you do eventually find your way to the Igloo (located in Holmes basement in Pfoho, btw), congratulations. Take a chance to look at the beautiful Quad Lawn before you dash off to your next location, and see you next weekend.

Best Wishes,

The Upperclassmen Getting Tea From the Dhall That You Pass On Your Way to the Igloo

Hacks for Staying Awake in Class

"Instrumental Variables and Policy Relevance" Lecture by Magne Mogstad
The first month of the term is over, meaning that you’re probably either skipping your classes or taking some fat naps during those “mandatory attendance” ones. But what if you actually want to learn something and make some good use of your time in class? Here are some Flyby hacks for staying awake in class.

Skip the Lunch Carbs

The number of times we’ve crashed during afternoon lectures right after eating a huge lunch definitely requires more than a few hands to count. If possible, try to eat after class, or just take a snack with you to lecture.

Sit in the Front

When was the last time you slept right in front of your professor? That’s right: probably never. Sitting in the front row is just like another form of caffeine, and you’ll at least be fighting to keep those eyes open.

Sit Next to Your Lecture Hall Crush

Here, you can kill two birds with one stone. Spend some quality time learning about the glory of free market economies, while your dopamine levels rise as you sit next to your 1:30 p.m. Science Hall B romantic interest.

Take a Midday Coffee Break

Morning coffee wasn’t good enough? Just take another cup before your afternoon haul. Make sure you take a bathroom break before classes start, though, since leaving in the middle kind of defeats the whole goal of actually being present in lecture.

While “get more sleep!” is probably the healthy answer to most problems in life, we don’t blame you if you struggle to get everything done while still fitting in those eight hours. Next time you’re looking to actually pay attention in class, though, at least you’ll have some creative ways to keep your eyes open.

What Type of Everyday Consulting Should You Do?

Campus Interview Program Fair
With recruitment season in full swing, you may be bogged down with applications and interviews, and if not, you’re instead bogged down by people complaining about said applications, interviews, and networking nights. Where’s it all going? Take this quiz to see what kind of consulting you should actually be doing.

1) You’re feeling down today. What do you do?

A) Uber Eats boba. Or DoorDash a burrito. Either way, have some (non-dhall) comfort food.

B) Go through your inbox. Those 10 unread emails are the root cause of my mood!

C) Obviously, check my horoscope. Is Mercury in retrograde?

D) Rearrange my room. I need to clear my head and right now, that bookcase must be moved.

2) You’re in class and feeling bored. What sounds the most appealing to you?

A) Looking at the Flyby webpage to check out what’s for lunch.

B) Browsing my emails — I have to reply to my advisor.

C) Checking out CoStar or some other app that tells me about the compatibility of my star sign with the cute person from section.

D) Going through my files and making sure they’re all super neat and organized

3) You woke up late and missed class. What’s your first thought?

A) Oh no! I missed breakfast! I need my daily omelet.

B) I have to email my TF!

C) My horoscope did tell me that today would not be my day.

D) I’ve got to get up and make my bed!

4) You have some time in between classes. Where do you decide to get some work done?

A) Either Lamont Cafe or Cafe Pamplona — depending on my BoardPlus situation at the moment.

B) Probably Cabot Library — it’s the most conducive environment for working.

C) Smith Campus Center balcony. I like to have a clear view of the sky as I do some work.

D) Widener – the books are all arranged so nicely.

Results:

Mostly A’s: Gastronomical Consulting

You are a true food connoisseur, or at least you’re hoping to be. You’re destined to be a food consultant, flying around the world to help Michelin-starred restaurants try out their newest recipes. Ditch the slide decks and instead prepare your palate for your worldly travels. For now, keep on submitting Yelp reviews to one day achieve the elite status you deserve.

Mostly B’s: Email-ogical Consulting

Does seeing any unread emails give you immediate anxiety? If you can’t get to an email right away do you constantly worry? You may possibly be very attached to your inbox. Still, hone your skills and turn your passion for emails into a career by helping others evaluate, organize, and clear their inboxes. Your work will forever be appreciated.

Mostly C’s: Astrological Consulting

When you meet someone new, do you immediately try to guess their star sign? Are you fascinated by the stars? You are meant to be an astrological consultant, helping people make sense of their horoscopes and helping them down the path of life by way of star signs.

Mostly D’s: Organizational Consulting

Everything you own is super neat and organized, and you pride yourself on your ability to help others whip their lives in shape. Organizational consulting may be the best bet for you career-wise.

Not satisfied with these choices? Check out other everyday consulting jobs in other exciting fields, such as horticulture and nail polish naming.

The Official HUDS Meal Alignment Chart

HUDS Food Alignment Chart

Flyby has released the official Harvard University Dining Services Meal Alignment Chart! True Neutral? Four or more blue Powerades? What alignment are you?

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